Christmas Jumper Biscuits

Here’s IMG_20131211_211322another fun idea for Christmas themed biscuit decorating. Next week is National Christmas Jumper Day in the UK, so why not decorate some jumper shaped biscuits to celebrate? I made these two years ago for the occasion, creating my own jumper template and cutting around it with a knife, but this year I have seen jumper cookie cutters in the shops, which would make the job even quicker (and your jumpers will look a bit neater than mine!). I made them with a gingerbread recipe, but as with the rIMG_20131212_202508eindeer biscuits, any biscuit recipe where you roll out the dough and cut out the shapes is just fine. I made the biscuits one evening and then spent a couple of happy hours decorating them the next evening. I picked a number of different themes – Santa, Christmas trees, candy canes etc.; made white, red and green icing and used a cocktail stick for the more precise parts; and used lots of other cake decorations: silver balls, mini smarties etc. Lots of fun and the results added to the enjoyment of Christmas Jumper Day at work.   IMG_20131212_194901

Reindeer Biscuits

(NB: these are biscuits that look like reindeer – not for reindeer to eat!)

These are really simple but great fun and enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

You will need:
-Basic gingerbread recipe (or any biscuit recipe, where you roll out the dough and cut out shapes)
-Gingerbread man cutter(s)
-Icing sugar
-Red food colouring
-Green food colouring
-Silver balls
-Any other biscuit decorating things you desire!IMG_20141217_193043

Cook your biscuits as usual and then let them cool. Make up green, red and white icing. Turn the gingerbread men upside down so that their legs are in the air and – look! It’s a reindeer (the legs become the antlers, the arms the ears and the head the face). Decorate accordingly.

You could also keep some the ‘normal’ way up and make them snowmen, for a variety. 🙂

An open letter to McVitie’s

Dear McVitie’s,

I think you are fabulous. You create two of my favourite biscuits: the chocolate hobnob with all its crumbly oaty chocolatey goodness; and the chocolate caramel digestive, which is decadently gooey, tasty and crunchy.

I have a suggestion for you, which I think could make you very rich indeed (richer than you already are, of course). Introducing the love child of these two most excellent biscuits: The Chocolate Caramel Hobnob. Seriously, why does it not exist?! What’s not to love? I’ve been talking about this for years (amongst other things) and I believe the time has finally come to bring this wonderful idea to your attention.

I would, of course, be willing to help out with any taste testings.

Yours Sincerely,

Katherine

PS – everyone I have mentioned this to thinks it’s a great idea: the nation is right behind you!